The Super Bowl was the biggest thing on TV in the week of Feb. 1-7, but it was not the biggest show in delayed viewing (although it did better in that metric than you might think).

“The Big Bang Theory” and “The X-Files” were the biggest gainers in Live +3 ratings for the week. The CBS comedy had the biggest improvements in both adults 18-49 (1.6 points, from 3.8 to 5.4) and viewers (4.09 million, 15.29 million to 19.38 million).

“The X-Files” added 1.3 points over three days to finish second in that category and was fourth in viewers added (3.26 million). “The Blacklist,” “Shades of Blue” and “Chicago Fire” rounded out the Top 5 in both measures.

As for the Super Bowl, it added 0.2 in adults 18-49 (37.7 to 37.9) and just over 600,000 viewers. Considering that “Sunday Night Football” typically added almost nothing this season, and the NFC Championship two weeks earlier grew by only 100,000 viewers, the bump is a bit of a surprise. Whether those 600,000 people recorded the Super Bowl for the game, the ads or the halftime show we’ll probably never know.

Below are the Live +3 rankings in adults 18-49 and viewers for Feb. 1-7, followed by lists of the biggest gains in each measure. The rankings include specials as well. Percentage-gain leaders are not reported here.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 1-7, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating
1 SUPER BOWL 50 CBS 37.9
2 LATE SHOW W/STEPHEN COLBERT – S CBS 7.8
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 5.4
4 THE X-FILES FOX 4.0
5 AMERICAN IDOL – WEDNESDAY FOX 2.8
5t LUCIFER FOX 2.8
5t THE BACHELOR ABC 2.8
8 AMERICAN IDOL – THURSDAY FOX 2.7
8t LIFE IN PIECES CBS 2.7
8t CHICAGO FIRE NBC 2.7
11 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 2.6
12 CHICAGO PD NBC 2.5
12t THE BLACKLIST NBC 2.5
14 REPUBLICAN DEBATE ABC 2.2
14t MOM CBS 2.2
14t CHICAGO MED NBC 2.2
17 SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST COMMERCIALS – S CBS 2.1
17t SUPERGIRL CBS 2.1
17t MIKE & MOLLY CBS 2.1
17t 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS 2.1
21 THE FLASH CW 2.0
21t SHADES OF BLUE NBC 2.0
23 HELL’S KITCHEN FOX 1.9
23t NEW GIRL FOX 1.9
23t SHARK TANK ABC 1.9
23t FRESH OFF THE BOAT ABC 1.9
23t CODE BLACK CBS 1.9
23t ELEMENTARY CBS 1.9

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 1-7, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s)
1 SUPER BOWL 50 CBS 112467
2 LATE SHOW W/STEPHEN COLBERT – S CBS 20784
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 19384
4 REPUBLICAN DEBATE ABC 13759
5 SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST COMMERCIALS – S CBS 11949
6 THE X-FILES FOX 11624
7 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 11273
8 AMERICAN IDOL – WEDNESDAY FOX 10786
9 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 10584
10 AMERICAN IDOL – THURSDAY FOX 10414
11 THE BLACKLIST NBC 10259
12 CHICAGO PD NBC 10241
13 CHICAGO MED NBC 9689
14 CODE BLACK CBS 9597
15 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 9572
16 MOM CBS 9486
17 ELEMENTARY CBS 9250
18 SHADES OF BLUE NBC 9027
19 THE BACHELOR ABC 8799
20 LUCIFER FOX 8439
21 MIKE & MOLLY CBS 8375
22 THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA NBC 8367
23 SUPERGIRL CBS 8344
24 MADOFF-PART 1 ABC 8325
25 LAST MAN STANDING ABC 8149

 

Adults 18-49 total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+3 Increase % Increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 3.8 5.4 1.6 42%
2 THE X-FILES FOX 2.7 4.0 1.3 48%
3 THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.5 2.5 1.0 67%
4 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.8 2.7 0.9 50%
4t SHADES OF BLUE NBC 1.1 2.0 0.9 82%
6 CHICAGO PD NBC 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
6t LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 1.8 2.6 0.8 44%
6t ELEMENTARY CBS 1.1 1.9 0.8 73%
6t LUCIFER FOX 2.0 2.8 0.8 40%
10 CODE BLACK CBS 1.2 1.9 0.7 58%
10t GRIMM NBC 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
12 CHICAGO MED NBC 1.6 2.2 0.6 38%
12t SUPERGIRL CBS 1.5 2.1 0.6 40%
12t THE FLASH CW 1.4 2.0 0.6 43%
15 AMERICAN IDOL – WEDNESDAY FOX 2.3 2.8 0.5 22%
15t LIFE IN PIECES CBS 2.2 2.7 0.5 23%
15t AMERICAN IDOL – THURSDAY FOX 2.2 2.7 0.5 23%
15t MOM CBS 1.7 2.2 0.5 29%
15t THE BACHELOR ABC 2.3 2.8 0.5 22%
15t MIKE & MOLLY CBS 1.6 2.1 0.5 31%
15t LAST MAN STANDING ABC 1.2 1.7 0.5 42%
15t 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS 1.6 2.1 0.5 31%
15t SHARK TANK ABC 1.4 1.9 0.5 36%
15t FRESH OFF THE BOAT ABC 1.4 1.9 0.5 36%
15t AMERICAN CRIME ABC 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%
15t AGENT CARTER ABC 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%
15t NEW GIRL FOX 1.4 1.9 0.5 36%
15t LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 0.9 1.4 0.5 56%
15t ARROW CW 0.9 1.4 0.5 56%
15t BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%

 

Viewers total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+3 (000s) Increase (000s) % Increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 15291 19384 4093 27%
2 THE BLACKLIST NBC 6493 10259 3766 58%
3 SHADES OF BLUE NBC 5643 9027 3384 60%
4 THE X-FILES FOX 8367 11624 3257 39%
5 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 8178 11273 3095 38%
6 CHICAGO PD NBC 7217 10241 3024 42%
7 ELEMENTARY CBS 6232 9250 3018 48%
8 CODE BLACK CBS 6902 9597 2695 39%
9 LUCIFER FOX 5998 8439 2441 41%
10 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 7311 9572 2261 31%
11 CHICAGO MED NBC 7540 9689 2149 29%
12 GRIMM NBC 4423 6438 2015 46%
13 SUPERGIRL CBS 6682 8344 1662 25%
14 AMERICAN IDOL – WEDNESDAY FOX 9176 10786 1610 18%
15 AMERICAN CRIME ABC 3786 5395 1609 42%
16 MIKE & MOLLY CBS 6841 8375 1534 22%
17 MOM CBS 7955 9486 1531 19%
18 THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA NBC 6852 8367 1515 22%
19 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 9088 10584 1496 16%
20 LAST MAN STANDING ABC 6657 8149 1492 22%
21 AMERICAN IDOL – THURSDAY FOX 8938 10414 1476 17%
22 ANGEL FROM HELL CBS 6342 7732 1390 22%
23 SLEEPY HOLLOW FOX 3129 4518 1389 44%
24 THE FLASH CW 3655 5038 1383 38%
25 AGENT CARTER ABC 2774 4141 1367 49%

 

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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